Cashew Cream Topping

Makes 1 1/4 cups (310 mL)

Use this thick, creamy topping on Apple Pear Crumble, Creamy Rice Pudding, or Pumpkin Spice Pie. Two tablespoons (30 mL) provides 4 grams of protein, as well as copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.

1 cup (250 mL) cashews
1/4 cup (60 mL) pitted dates or maple syrup
Soak the cashews in a bowl of hot water for 2 hours, then drain, reserving the soaking water. Place the cashews, dates, and 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the soaking water in a blender and process until smooth. If you wish to have a thinner sauce, add a little more water. Stored in a glass jar with a lid and refrigerated, the cashew cream will keep for up to 1 week.

Per 2 tablespoons (30 mL): calories: 144, protein: 4 g, fat: 10 g, carbohydrate: 11 g (5 g from sugar), dietary fibre: 1 g, calcium: 11 mg, iron: 2 mg, magnesium: 70 mg, phosphorus: 139 mg, potassium: 191 mg, sodium: 3 mg, zinc: 1 mg, thiamin: 0.1 mg, riboflavin: 0 mg, niacin: 1 mg, vitamin B 6: 0.1 mg, folate: 7 mcg, pantothenic acid: 0.2 mg, vitamin B 12: 0 mcg, vitamin A: 0 mcg, vitamin C: 0 mg, vitamin E: 0.2 mg, omega-6 fatty acids: 2 g, omega-3 fatty acids: 0 g

Percentage of calories from protein 11%, fat 59%, carbohydrate 30%